Meg Hewitt

I’ve just discovered Meg Hewitt’s photography... You can go in two directions as a photographer... either you up-the-quality and act all refined and whatnot, or you can just think fuck it (in an aesthetic sense, and your attitude becomes part of your aesthetic). I’ve always been torn between the two but I have always admired the grainy high contrast black and white work of photographers like Josef Koudelka (‘Exiles’) and Trent Parke (‘Minutes to Midnight’), which tread this path albeit somewhat cautiously. Having said this, the ‘I don’t give a fuck’ aesthetic has to be worked at damned hard to get the exact balance right between total shite... and chaotic genius. Her work is definitely up there.